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Government Contractor Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a government contractor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for giving false performance references and evaluations for another contractor.

Theodoros Hallas, 39, of Potomac, Md., entered the plea Thursday. A sentencing day has not been set.

Hallas admitted that he allowed 44-year-old Roger Malik, formerly of Columbia, Md., to represent falsely to federal agencies that Hallas' employers had contractual relationships another company.

Malik was indicted counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and false statements. The indictment, unsealed Friday, was returned Sept. 9.

The investigations of Malik and Hallas led to the uncovering of an alleged $20 million bribery, money laundering and kickback scheme involving two Army Corps of Engineers employees.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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